Book Reviews

Stepford Wives by Ira Levin

My edition: Kindle owned
Pages: 123
Stand Alone
Genre: Classics, Thriller
Published: September 1972
Rating: DNF no rating


For Joanna, her husband, Walter, and their children, the move to beautiful Stepford seems almost too good to be true. It is. For behind the town’s idyllic facade lies a terrible secret—a secret so shattering that no one who encounters it will ever be the same.

At once a masterpiece of psychological suspense and a savage commentary on a media-driven society that values the pursuit of youth and beauty at all costs, The Stepford Wives is a novel so frightening in its final implications that the title itself has earned a place in the American lexicon.


What some people don’t know about me, is that I wouldn’t mind being a housewife. I wouldn’t mind being at home cleaning. But that is me. I do plan to homeschool my children when the time comes and maybe become a part-time employee somewhere. Now I am nowhere near what these wives are like. I probably won’t be cleaning at night, though that I am sure that will probably change with kids. Who knows? I don’t like cleaning at night.

To get to the story, Joanna and Walter move to Stepford. Stepford is like a place I have never heard of in my life. The only association is for men. Basically, men get to do what they want and women stay at home and clean. I do know what it means to be a Stepford Wife due to my mother making the references and all that.

Joanna tries to get some of the wives to get together and have a Women’s Liberation meeting for women, but none of the wives want to. They are not interested or they don’t have the time. There is one woman who tries to help her whose name is Bobbie. But she also has no luck in getting women who want to get together.

Another case of it’s me, not you. This classic wasn’t anything that caught my eye. I am going to assume this is based on stereotypes of the ’50s. Either way, it wasn’t for me. To figure out the rest of the plot I just did a quick research of the movies. By the way, the 2004 movie looked as if they made a mockery of the book while the 1975 version looked as if it would be something I would take my time to watch. But as far as finishing the book, nope. I plan on trying to find something else.